Warm fuzzy slippers can be very comforting. Keeping the feet warm tends to make the entire body feel warmer. Keeping something between tiny feet and cold floors is probably the main reason parents buy toddler slippers, although they are a tempting purchase also because of the adorable styles available.
While there are many cute, cuddly options, quality and value are more important for many parents. Families need to get the most for their money. The good news is that you can often find cute toddler slippers that are also well made and reasonably priced. When looking through those adorable animals and cute characters, keep in mind that attached parts such as little sewn-on eyes or buttons can become choking hazards.
Bring your child along if possible when shopping for toddler slippers. Good fit is key, as slippers that are too loose or too snug will wear out faster than those that fit properly. It’s also a good idea to make sure the child can walk okay in the slippers. You may find that overly bulky toddler slippers can cause children to trip or lose their balance.
Rather than choosing those with a big stuffed character attached, it may be better to choose slippers with characters printed on them. Next, look at the soles of the slippers. Make sure they won’t be slippery. Those that have foam covered with thin cloth tend to wear out quickly. Those made of other durable material are the better option.
Feel the fabric from which the toddler slippers are made. Does it feel sturdy or flimsy? Is it washable? Can the slippers be placed in the dryer? Check to see if there are parts that light up or make sounds or must otherwise be removed before laundering.
Check the stitching on several pairs of toddler slippers. If you see loose stitches, it is likely that the stitching will soon unravel. Also, look to see how many lines of stitching there are. Do you see just one line of stitches or are they double or even triple-stitched?
When it comes to the style of toddler slippers, the best option may be the “boot” style, or slipper socks, as long as they come up over the ankles and have skid-free soles. Slip-on or backless styles may be fine for bigger children but are probably not the best choice for little ones who may not be completely steady on their feet just yet.